Breast cancer awareness month is wrapping up, but a local hospital said it's important to get breast health screenings all year round.
"It's extremely important to have routine follow up and routine care on a yearly basis and that's something we promote throughout the year," said Dr. Frank Gyimesi, Director of the Women's Clinic.
With October ending, Dr. Gyimesi said it's important to remember breast cancer awareness during other months as well.
He said although the stream of patients is steady throughout the year, there is usually an increase in women coming to the clinic in October.
"Normally we see an increase during this awareness month. However, since most of our patients are scheduled on a yearly basis we do have a pretty steady flow of patients coming in for breast cancer screenings," Gyimesi said.
Gyimesi said the VA Medical Center offers a program to promote breast health that is different than others.
"Mammocare is a way of doing a clinical breast exam. We teach providers in our VA and throughout the nation how to do a clinical breast exam. It's somewhat cumbersome and takes time; it is very specific and can provide very useful information," explained Gyimesi.
This October the Women's Clinic started a pink pumpkin campaign to support breast cancer awareness and help the community.
"Every service was challenged to paint a pink pumpkin and display it in their area until this week when all the pumpkins were brought to this area for voting. To vote there is a donation. The donations go to the United Way of Harrison County," said Brenda Ware, a mammographer with the VA Medical Center.
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